The Flag of Canada

The flag of Canada, also known as the Maple Leaf, is a red field with a white square at its center featuring a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf. The flag's proportions are 1:2, with the white square and the maple leaf serving as the flag's central symbols. The red and white used in the flag are Canada's official colors.

The Flag of Canada

History

The national flag of Canada was inaugurated on February 15, 1965. The flag replaced the Union Jack and the Canadian Red Ensign, which had previously been used under various forms as the de facto flag of Canada. The process of adopting a new flag began in 1964 and was marked by intense debate in Parliament and among the public. The final design was chosen by a committee of the Canadian Parliament and was based on a concept by George F. G. Stanley and John Matheson. The maple leaf has been a symbol of Canada and its nature since the 18th century, and its inclusion in the flag design reflects Canada's identity and natural environment. February 15 is now celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day.